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Could a Robot Do Your job?
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Could a Robot Do Your job?

Advances in technology could mean people in low-skill jobs will be replaced by robots. 

Met Office to Build Supercomputer
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Met Office to Build Supercomputer

The British government will spend 97 million British pounds on a new supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modeling. 

Demystifying the MOOC
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Demystifying the MOOC

When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education...

HELLO? Sweat and a Smartphone Could Become the Hot New Health Screening
From ACM TechNews

HELLO? Sweat and a Smartphone Could Become the Hot New Health Screening

University of Cincinnati researchers are developing wearable devices that analyze sweat using a smartphone to gather medical information in near-real time. 

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
From ACM TechNews

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

University of California, Berkeley professor Michael I. Jordan says rhetoric about machine learning and other computer science fields goes too far. 

Maria Klawe: Esteemed Computer Scientist. Proud Mathematician. Watercolor Painter.
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Maria Klawe: Esteemed Computer Scientist. Proud Mathematician. Watercolor Painter.

One of the chief goals of Maria Klawe as president of Harvey Mudd College has been to encourage women to enter computer science.

Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer
From ACM News

Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer

The facility will work 13 times faster than the current system, enabling detailed, UK-wide forecast models with a resolution of 1.5km to be run every single hour...

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism
From ACM News

How Facebook Is Changing the Way Its Users Consume Journalism

Many of the people who read this article will do so because Greg Marra, 26, a Facebook engineer, calculated that it was the kind of thing they might enjoy.

This Guy's Quest to Track Every Shot in the NBA Changed Basketball Forever
From ACM News

This Guy's Quest to Track Every Shot in the NBA Changed Basketball Forever

As a kid, Kirk Goldsberry was a rabid basketball fan. But this was the 1980s, and living near Penn State meant his house wasn't quite close enough to Philadelphia...

Software Tackles Inflatable Structures
From ACM News

Software Tackles Inflatable Structures

Creating optimal 3D shapes in inflatables requires the power of computation.

Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon
From ACM News

Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon

After decades of repeated reinvention, the silicon transistor is starting to show its age, and the industry is hunting for alternatives.

Indiana University Investing $7 Million for New Complexity Institute
From ACM TechNews

Indiana University Investing $7 Million for New Complexity Institute

Indiana University recently announced the establishment of the Indiana University Network Science Institute, a $7-million initiative to examine complex networks...

Wellesley College Researchers Seek the Truth via Twitter Trails
From ACM TechNews

Wellesley College Researchers Seek the Truth via Twitter Trails

Researchers at Wellesley College in Massachusetts have developed a tool that examines how true and false stories propagate on Twitter. 

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Awards Data Science Grant to Carnegie Mellon Researcher
From ACM TechNews

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Awards Data Science Grant to Carnegie Mellon Researcher

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has named Carnegie Mellon University professor Carl Kingsford a Moore Investigator in Data-Driven Discovery. 

Precise and Programmable Biological Circuits
From ACM TechNews

Precise and Programmable Biological Circuits

ETH Zurich researchers say several new components for biological circuits are important for constructing precisely functioning and programmable bio-computers. 

Quantum Internet Could Cross Seas by Container Ship
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Internet Could Cross Seas by Container Ship

Container ships could be used to create a kind of international quantum Internet.

From Brain To Computer: Helping 'Locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out
From ACM News

From Brain To Computer: Helping 'Locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out

In 2009, a man named Barry Beck suffered a series of strokes, which caused extensive damage to his right occipital lobe and to the brain stem.

Vimeo Tech Chief Takes on 'Terrifying' Online Video Challenges
From ACM Opinion

Vimeo Tech Chief Takes on 'Terrifying' Online Video Challenges

Think online video is old hat? Think again.

Future Scenarios Show How Easily Ebola Could Explode
From ACM News

Future Scenarios Show How Easily Ebola Could Explode

Just how bad will the Ebola outbreak in West Africa get?

The Scent of a Comet: Rotten Eggs and Pee
From ACM News

The Scent of a Comet: Rotten Eggs and Pee

Eau de Comet isn't, we now know, the most seductive scent floating around in our galaxy. The Rosetta probe's Rosetta Orbiter Sensor for Ion and Neutral Analysis...
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